Luke 10:1-15

Luke 10:1-15

All we need to do is offer God's Word. Share that Word as a loving neighbor. Each and every one of us...has been called. We have a directive from God. We are empowered by His Holy Spirit... Present yourself to your friends. Offer them the kingdom of God, and love, and then let God do His Work. You don't have to make anyone believe. Just offer them the opportunity to believe.Each and every one of us, I believe, is called to ministry. Every man, woman, and child that knows the Lord Jesus Christ is called to ministry. When Jesus left, when He was on His way up to go back to His Father in the cloud, He said to His disciples, “Go, therefore, into all nations making disciples.” Throughout His ministry, He called us, He commanded us, He instructed us, He encouraged us, to love one another. Do you know the greatest act of ministry that you can perform is to love your neighbor? [Do] you want to be an effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ? [Do] you want to say that, “I am serving God, and I know I’m serving God”? Love your neighbor.

We think when we hear about ministry that we have to go somewhere: Mexico, South America, Africa, China, you know, we’ve got to go somewhere. “Oh, God, don’t call me because I don’t want to go somewhere!” Let me tell you, you have already been called. The day you said, “Lord Jesus, come into my life,” you were called. First and foremost, you were called to start loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your soul, and all of your strength. And then you were called to love your neighbor as yourself. And if you concentrate just on those two commands, Jesus says, “All of the law and the prophets are summed up in those two commands.” All of them. There is nothing more that you need to know in God’s Word, though we have a book full of amazing information. If you knew nothing else but those two verses, you would know all you needed to know to be an effective minister for the Lord Jesus Christ. You don’t need to go anywhere but across the street, next door, or even open your door to the person who comes knocking, and you can then be an effective minister…

We need to be careful about not being distracted in our life because God has placed a call in our life. And for us, the distractions are numerous, abundant, and costly…

The miracle is not going to make you believe. It is the Word of God and the knowledge that God’s kingdom is near, that Jesus has offered Himself to us, that makes the difference. Either you believe that or you don’t. Either you’re going to share that or you won’t. It has nothing to do with some outward manifestation of God’s power, because I tell you once again, you have seen the outward manifestation of God’s power in your life because you are sitting here today with breath in your lungs, because it takes a miracle for the muscles that makes your lungs to move in and out, to draw air in and give you life. It takes a miracle to keep that happening… It’s because God wants you to be alive that you are living today, and if you’re living today, you are living a miracle today because God has performed that miracle to give you that life. Do you believe now? If that’s all you needed was a miracle, do you believe now?…

All we need to do is offer God’s Word. Share that Word as a loving neighbor. Each and every one of us here today has been called. We have a directive from God. We are empowered by His Holy Spirit to go, and we’ve been told to go and not allow the distractions of life to stop us. Present yourself to your neighbors. Present yourself to your friends. Offer them the kingdom of God, and love, and then let God do His work. You don’t have to make anyone believe. Just offer them the opportunity to believe.

Dave Elkins

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